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Russia | Araqchi: Protecting Iran's interests is the overriding priority over preserving nuclear deal


Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that protecting his country’s interests is the overriding priority over preserving nuclear deal, adding that it is a universal belief that Tehran is acting sincerely in scaling down its nuclear commitments.

Protecting Iran’s national interests is more important than preserving a deal, Araqchi said this morning, upon arrival in the Russian capital city of Moscow, where he is slated to take part in the 2019 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference titled Nuclear Energy, Disarmament and Nonproliferation.

Touching about the fate of the nuclear deal of 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he made the remarks a day after Iran’s 4th step in reducing nuclear commitments was put into effect at Fordow nuclear site.

“No country in the world would cast doubt on Iran’s good intention in preserving the nuclear deal,” he added, nonetheless, adding, “However, no country in the world would doubt that Iran will keep reducing its JCPOA commitments if it does not benefit from merits.”

“Iran has vividly shown the world, on one side, its determination for fully observing JCPOA commitments, and on the other side, its will to scale back its commitments if other countries fail to deliver on their obligations,” he underlined.

Iran has given diplomacy its fair share and if the situation is not changed, Iran will keep advancing in the path of reducing nuclear commitments, the Iranian diplomat reiterated.

Araqchi is planned to attend a special panel on Saturday on the JCPOA to detail the latest developments revolving around the deal.